Local Accountability System
House Bill (HB) 22 (85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017) established the Local Accountability System (LAS) to allow districts and open-enrollment charter schools to develop local accountability system plans for their campuses.
Creating a local accountability plan is an optional, first-of-its-kind initiative. Texas is the first state in the nation to encourage districts to choose locally determined measured to be included in a campus’ official state accountability rating.
A district’s local accountability plan provides stakeholders with detailed information about school performance and progress over time. Local accountability plans may vary by school type (elementary school, middle school, high school, and K–12) and by school group (magnet schools, early college high schools, etc.), but must apply equally to all campuses as applicable by school type and group.
Once approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), it is expected that a plan be operational and relatively unchanged for three to five years.
Participation in local accountability is at the district level and is voluntary.
- Provide stakeholders with detailed information about school performance and progress over time.
- Communicate priorities and demonstrate a commitment to achieving the components in the plan.
- Signify the importance of local goals by publicly releasing local accountability system ratings.
Interested districts should plan to participate in a 45-minute introductory webinar